Sodexo has appointed Kate Steadman to the newly created role of government relations manager.
Steadman's primary objective will be to look after Kalyx, Sodexo's prisons business, while supporting Tony Cooke, who was recruited to the role of government relations director in 2009.
Prior to joining Sodexo Steadman was most recently an adviser on prisons and probation to the shadow prisons minister and shadow secretary of state for justice, while also assisting the shadow attorney general with policy development.
She has worked within British politics and criminal justice policy for the past five years, advising and working with shadow cabinet ministers - now cabinet ministers - as well as junior ministers and other MPs and peers from all political parties.
Cooke said: "Kate brings a wealth of experience from the heart of British politics and will be an invaluable asset in helping Sodexo to align its services in the public sector more closely to Government's policy aspirations."
By Janie Stamford
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